October 4, 2002 |
The president of Universal Studios Japan resigned Thursday over operating problems that have slashed attendance, tarnished the park's image and delivered visitors thrills they hadn't bargained for: restaurants serving expired food, drinking fountains spewing unsanitary water and shows using excessive explosives. Akira Sakata, president of USJ Co., which operates the park, apologized for the trouble.
September 29, 2010 |
This Halloween season, for the first time, Universal Studios Hollywood introduced a character based on the Latin American myth of La Llorona in its annual Halloween Horror Nights in an effort to connect with Southern California's sizable Latino population. The legend of La Llorona has gone through many variations over the years. It is a folktale about a woman who drowned her children after she was abandoned by their father. Tormented by what she has done, the woman's spirit wanders the earth, crying out for her dead children.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1998 |
What is expected to be the last in a series of hearings on the proposed Universal Studios expansion and specific plan is set for 9 a.m. Monday. The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission is expected to close the hearing phase and order county planners to draft a set of zoning rules for the area, otherwise known as a specific plan. The commission is expected to suggest ways to limit noise from film production at the studios and ask planners to prepare a final environmental impact report.
November 9, 2008 |
For the first time since opening in 1964, Universal Studios Hollywood will be open on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. "Universal Studios Hollywood has always been a favorite destination for families to celebrate special occasions and also an ideal place to visit with out-of-town friends and family," Larry Kurzweil, president of the theme park, said in a statement. The holiday openings mean Universal Hollywood will be open 365 days a year. Hours of operation will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 17, 1997
Tour drivers and engineers at Universal Studios have approved a new four-year contract. The vote was 80 to 17, and the agreement is retroactive to May 10. About 100 Universal Studios tram drivers and two dozen mechanics are represented by Teamster Local 399. Last month, the union local narrowly voted against Universal's contract offer and talked of a possible strike.
August 8, 1997 |
Universal Studios Inc. said it plans to introduce new cable and broadcast television channels worldwide as part of the company's efforts to boost its TV business globally. The company named former MTV executive Tony Garland as managing director of Universal Studios Networks, which will oversee channel development. Garland, who will be based in London, was executive vice president of MTVN International. He also has worked at Home Box Office.
June 29, 2001 |
Universal Studios Inc. said it sold its stake in movie theater operator Loews Cineplex Entertainment Corp. California-based Universal, owned by French-American media giant Vivendi Universal, sold more than 15 million common shares to investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc., according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Universal sold the shares to recognize a tax loss on its investment in Loews. Loews shares rose 2 cents to 14 cents in trading on the OTC Bulletin Board.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 28, 1997
Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan met Tuesday for the first time with two dozen representatives of homeowner groups who oppose Universal Studios' proposed $2-billion, 25-year expansion plan but refused to take a position on the project. After a closed-door meeting at the Lakeside Golf Club in Toluca Lake, Riordan said that much of the debate about the project boils down to "a balance between quality jobs and [protecting] the quality of life."
July 23, 2004 |
Universal Studios has pulled the plug on a proposed theme park in China and laid off 30 employees who had been working on the project, a company spokesman said. The fate of the theme park had been in doubt for months. Universal had plans to build a $1-billion theme park in Shanghai, but the venture, set to open in 2006, was never given approvals by the central government in China. It also faced skepticism from Universal's new cost-conscious corporate parent, General Electric Co.